my latest obsession | cannelle et vanille

Last Fall, I stumbled upon a recipe for a roasted carrot soup on the Washington Post that sounded delicious. I love soup and this recipe sounded interesting. It was from Aran Goyoaga’s soon to be published cookbook Cannelle et Vanille and I was immediately intrigued. The soup was terrible. It was likely an error on my part. It was my first attempt at a dairy free soup where the dairy is replaced by cashews. Whatever it was, it was disgusting. But it didn’t deter my interest in Aran Goyoaga. I started following her on Instagram. Even though my first attempt at one of her recipes was a failure, her success with gluten free baked goods was interesting. I asked for her cookbook for Christmas and then poured over it. Yet I didn’t make one damn thing. (Hahahaha! This is very me.) Flash forward to quarantine and suddenly, I had some time to experiment with some recipes. As someone who wasn’t always gluten and dairy free, finding any sort of baked goods that taste delicious is hard. They’re almost always disappointing or they make me sick because I missed an ingredient that doesn’t work for me. Fun, right? This cookbook has been a revelation! It’s incredibly gratifying to find recipes that don’t make me sick AND taste good. If you have similar food allergies GO BUY THIS BOOK! Her pizza dough recipe is the closest I’ve found to my Dad’s dough. Her cakes have blown me away. I mean, look at this ridiculous loaf cake I made two weeks ago. It’s her take on a classic yogurt cake that her Mom made when she was growing up. Except her version has no yogurt or gluten. It was seriously amazing and even my *husband liked it. Enjoy! Citrus Olive Oil Cake 3 eggs1/2 cup maple syrup1/2 cup olive oil1/3 cup milk (I used coconut milk so it’d be dairy free)zest of 1 large lemon 1 cup super fine brown rice flour1 cup almond flour2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all wet ingredients together in a bowl (eggs, maple syrup, olive oil, milk). Stir in lemon zest, brown rice and almond flours, baking powder and salt. Pour into a greased loaf pan. (I spray my pans with olive oil). Bake 35 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack. Take out of the loaf pan...
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who needs a distraction?

Hello from U St! Normally when things are crazy, I have no inclination to write. You know that saying: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” I’ve been doubling down on that idea! Quarantine is strange. I miss so many things. Dumb stuff like my exercise classes, my friends, the cleaning ladies, getting my nails painted, grabbing a meal or a drink. I know! It’s completely shallow and yes, I know I’m lucky. But that’s how I feel. Mostly, I’m relieved my loved ones are healthy and safe. For me, my day to day hasn’t changed too much. I’ve worked from home for years. The real estate market is still booming so I’m still working a fair amount. (That’s a post for another day!) Anyway, let’s focus on some distractions. Everyone one knows I’m crazy reader. The volume of books read has remained the same but I can’t get into anything super complicated. I tried to read John Grisham’s latest (Well written as always but I couldn’t get excited about the characters. A priest/attorney who’s helping innocent people get off Death Row? Meh). Instead, give me a romance, anything sci-fi (but no dystopian, failed world novels) or a fast paced spy novel. Make me laugh. Give me a happy ending. DISTRACT ME! These have been thoroughly entertaining: American Spy  Lauren WilkinsonNothing to See Here  Kevin WilsonIf I Never Met You  Mhairi McFarlaneThe Giver of Stars  Jojo MoyesCrescent City   Sarah J. Maas Things You Save in a Fire  Katherine CenterThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill  Abbi WaxmanThe Dutch House  Ann PatchettEvvie Drake Starts Over  Linda Holmes  I’ve yet to watch a movie but if I do, one of these is happening: BooksmartGirls TripBridesmaidsWedding CrashersCocoUpIncredibles 2Pretty in PinkThe Breakfast ClubFerris Bueller’s Day OffThe Blues Brothers Stay...
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new listing in congress heights!

Photograph created on March 25,2020 by at 3206 5th St SE, Washington, DC by Scott Goodson Photography, L.L.C. 3206 5th St, SE 3 BD | 2.5 ba | 1,548 sf | $365,000 Sunny, semi-detached house with an octagonal turret in Congress Heights! On the main level: hardwood floors, 9′ ceilings, an open floor plan, an updated kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, a half bath and full size washer & dryer. The back yard is perfect for getting outdoors whilemaintaining social distance. On the 2nd floor: 3 well proportioned bedrooms with brand new carpet and 2 full baths. Finished basement (currently full of stuff=no photos). Minutes to Bolling Air Force Base, Homeland Security and 295 for easy commuting. For the virtual tour, click...
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how were your holidays?

I’m back from North Carolina after a whirlwind six day visit. It was fun and exhausting. As always, it was a blast seeing friends and family. This years mantel was inspired by the asymmetrical garland that took Pinterest by storm. Obviously, it inspired me too but I didn’t DIY a thing. Dad ran to the Farmer’s Market and bought a beautiful garland for $12. I love the Farmer’s Market! I almost boycotted the entire endeavor. Dreaming up something new every holiday season is difficult. Some years I feel more creative than others. This was one of those years and I loved the results. Here’s the annual Christmas Eve fish fry photo. It’s one of my favorite traditions and this year it included my Uncle Mike and Debra. Usually they take off in the wee hours of the morning. It was a treat to have them as part of the fry squad. How was your holiday? Are you glad to be...
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gift guide | home

The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun and holy moly, did you see people spent nine billion in the last couple of days?! I’ve finished my shopping but if you aren’t done, here’s my gift guide for 2019! I’m envisioning wire mesh bowl on my new counter tops (photos coming in 2020. #workinprogress) holding alllll the fruit we use for smoothies. $48 This velvet pillow with contrasting trim! #idie $115 I’m obsessed with all things cashmere. A cashmere throw for winter snuggling seems  à propos. $315 If I played games, I’d totally play backgammon just so I could own this colorful set!...
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before and after | the master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW

I love a “before and after”! The master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW is a wonderful example how a little investment can turn into a big return. The original master bathroom was very 2006. It needed updating to appeal to today’s buyers. Interior design is one of my interests and when the opportunity arose to redo this bath, I jumped on it! Immediately, I knew the tile had to be updated. Grey remains a huge design trend which is why I chose to use a grey floor tile with white subway tile in the shower and around the tub. Instead of the typical white or grey vanity, I picked a natural colored maple vanity. I also didn’t want to stray too far from the design in the rest of the house. The grey I used on the bathroom floor mimicked the grey staircase. The vanity was the same tones as the hardwood floors throughout the house. Buyers want bathrooms to look updated but not too funky. The most expensive part of the upgrade was the custom double vanity. I didn’t want to move any plumbing because it’s expensive. While the seller agreed to make upgrades, they didn’t want to spend a million dollars. The size of the vanity needed for the space wasn’t standard. I considered one vanity that wasn’t custom but it was backordered  6 months!! Instead, I had a custom maple, double sink vanity designed with a white quartz countertop. Quartz is one of my favorite materials for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s durable and it looks sleek. I am so pleased with the final result! I’m positive it was one of the reasons the house went under contract so...
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happy valentine’s day!

hope you’re having a wonderful valentine’s...
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cheers to the new year!

Hello and happy 2019! Hopefully you had an amazing holiday season and new year. I spent mine enjoying family, friends and getting over my cold. It was fun and exhausting. I’m happy to be back in DC although I’ve been out or working since I returned. It’s a great way to begin 2019!...
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ciao bella!

After a tumultuous Spring selling season (that’s not over yet. aiyiyi), I need a break. I’m off to Florence, Italy for an epic girl’s trip. There’s 8 of us renting a gorgeous villa outside of Florence. I’ve renting a mini van to tote us around the countryside. Let the adventures begin. I.can.not.wait. Ciao!...
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first dc wise fundraiser next week!

Please join DC Wise for our Georgetown Shopping Event on April 26th from 6-8:30 pm. It’s the first fundraiser in 2018 and we’re super excited that rag & bone AND hu’s shoes | hu’s wear are participating. Bubbles, bites and shopping is never a bad combo, right?...
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